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Lot #    13854
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 1:30:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Predigt
Author    [Only Ed.] Dr. Moritz Landsberg
City    Berlin
Publisher    Ab. Friedlaender
Publication Date    1853
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 15 pp., 194:123 mm., usual age staining, nice margins, stamps, plate. A very good copy bound in contemporary half cloth and marbled paper over boards, rubbed.
   Dr. Meyer [Moritz?] Landsberg, German rabbi; born at Meseritz, Prussia, May 1, 1810; died at Hildesheim May 20, 1870. Landsberg's teacher, Aaron Wolfsohn, rabbi of Wollstein, was elected to the rabbinate of Hildesheim in 1826, and Landsberg accompanied him and lived under his roof until Wolfsohn's death in 1830. Landsberg then went to Brunswick, where he continued his rabbinical studies while preparing for the university at the Brunswick gymnasium. He studied at the University of Berlin from 1834 to 1838. At Berlin he became closely connected with Leopold Zunz; with him he organized the Seminary for Jewish Teachers in 1840, in which institution he was an instructor until 1845. A lifelong friendship with Zunz was established, with whom he corresponded until his death. In 1837 he passed his state's examination as "Oberlehrer," and his certificate contains the then usual clause, that, being a Jew, he had no claim to a position at a higher school.

In 1835 Landsberg was engaged as teacher at the Nauensche Institute for the education of boys, and from 1839 to 1846 he was its director, in which position David Cassel was his successor. From 1838 to 1846 he preached regularly at the bet ha-midrash and at the synagogue of Commerzienrath Lieberman.In 1846 he was appointed "Landrabbiner" of Hildesheim, which position he filled until his death. Although himself very strict in the observance of the ceremonial law, he was of a progressive spirit. In the synagogue built during his administration (1849) an organ was introduced, a mixed choir established, some German prayers introduced, and the "piyyutim" nearly all abolished. Confirmations of boys and girls were held every year.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German, some Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica